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About wandelaar

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  1. What We Think We Know

    @C T So I'm acting as a robot, while you are partly free? Following the advice of manitou I will quit this non-discussion. Good luck.
  2. What We Think We Know

    It seldom happens that people are convinced by arguments. When I was young I loved participating in debates. But not any more. However - the compulsion to correct what I think is wrong dies hard.
  3. What We Think We Know

    On the basis of your latest posts I have to conclude that we largely agree. So no problem there. For your information, I have been greatly influenced by Karl Popper in finding a way out of the traditionalism-criticism dilemma. My ironic post about "impressive" was directed to CT who is hiding behind overly abstract language as a way to escape criticism. It's exactly by using simple (or at least well defined) words with a relatively "rigid meaning" that one can expose oneself to possibly meaningful and useful criticism. That's the way I follow. Not hiding or obfuscating, but sticking out one's position as clear as possible. And by the way, I don't consider my own personality as in any way great or superior. I'm only trying to make good use of its peculiarities.
  4. What We Think We Know

    Nice - sounds impressive.
  5. Proposed simplification of forums

    1. Truth (Simple - who needs falsehoods!)
  6. What We Think We Know

    Could you please tell us what "one's relationship with numerous reference points" means?
  7. What We Think We Know

    Yes - but we cannot throw away everything all at once, even if we wanted to. Critical evaluation is always a piecewise process. I don't believe there is a "pure me" somewhere inside that will appear as soon as I succeed in doing away with everything I ever learned. If such were possible than I would simply fall back to the state of a grown up baby unable to speak, reason or behave myself in public. We should - in my opinion - follow a middle way between pure traditionalism and pure criticism. Not because it's a middle way, but because both alternatives to it are absurd.
  8. What We Think We Know

    Is it a problem to have inhered ideas from others? I think we would be hardly human if as children we had no education, learned no language, etc. But as we grow up we can gradually make our own choices, and if need be throw away what we dont't like or need.
  9. What We Think We Know

    I'll be happy to do that, but how could one possibly tell what is truth and what falsehood without somehow using once's own understanding of the difference.
  10. What We Think We Know

    I completely agree with this guy! Why use somebody else's criteria when there is no reason to do so?
  11. What We Think We Know

    Our own naturally!
  12. What We Think We Know

    @OldDog Well - how could it even be otherwise? In the case described we will hear the arguments from the other camp, but we will not recognize them as arguments. As for myself I am willing to expand my concept of what constitutes a legitimate argument, but only when it is demonstrated that the kind of argument in question indeed (in all probability) leads to new knowledge.
  13. Proposed simplification of forums

    Could be done this way: The Dao Bums > Arts and Practices > Martial Arts
  14. What We Think We Know

    @ Ilumairen OK - so be it.
  15. What We Think We Know

    I only read part of the article. Of course I'm not completely free from social influences and we each start our journey with what we learned in our education. But that is not the point. The crucial thing here is whether one remains open to contrary evidence even when this conflics with what one considered as probably true until then.